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Balboa Park for the Holidays

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Balboa Park for the Holidays

I want to avoid the actual December Nights event at Balboa Park because I freak out in large crowds (and I have avoided all of Balboa Park in December since 2003), but I was thinking that it might be magical to check it out one evening on an off day. Can anyone tell me what it is like on say...a random Tuesday afternoon going in to evening...or Thursday...or whatever? Super crowded still? Pretty decorations? Decorated at all?

We have a 3 year old who is "all things Christmas" this year, so I want to take her out and let her experience as much of San Diego this holiday season as possible. Is Balboa Park in the evening one of those places?

We also have on the list of things to do the skating rink at NBC Horton Square, Hotel Del, Boat Parade...anything else "magical" for a 3 year old you can think of?

Thanks everyone!

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1. Re: Balboa Park for the Holidays

The Park remains decorated throughout December. Santa and sleigh are up and lit. The canopy of lights will be over the certain of the Plaza de Panama. The Nativity scenes are open in the Organ Pavilion.

There is always a Poinsettia display in the Botanical Building (closed on Thursdays), and a trip down to The Old Globe has an exterior display of Whoville from The Grinch production.

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2. Re: Balboa Park for the Holidays

I was at the zoo this weekend and they're setting up their Christmas lights already. You may want to check out their "Jungle Bells" events:



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